Mobile gaming has evolved from a fun, time-wasting distraction into a massive industry that has everyone looking to snag a piece of the action. As smartphones continue to become more powerful, developers are creating more advanced mobile games. This has more gamers getting their fix from mobile devices and has many looking to appreciate the impressive new apps on bigger screens.
2015 will mark the first year that traditional consoles such as the PlayStation and XBOX have been outperformed by mobile devices in terms of revenue and we expect this to only be the beginning of a new trend in the gaming industry. The industry is predicted to reach total revenues of $30.3 billion in 2015 and is expected to continue its meteoric rise with projected revenues of $40.9 billion in 2017.
As the audience for mobile gaming continues to expand, so too has its platform. Mobile games are beginning to set their sights on the living room through streaming devices such as Apple TV and Chromecast. One game developer noted that with the latest innovations in streaming and the continued advancement of technology smartphones are well positioned to eclipse consoles entirely in the future.
“Playing games and apps on TVs is going to be huge, it’s the ultimate experience,” Nicolas Pochez said of Gameloft, a mobile gaming company. “You can play games on smartphones on the move, and when you get home you continue where you left off on the TV, which means there’s no more console.”
The latest streaming services allow a player to start a game on their phone during their bus ride home and then continue the same game on their television, allowing them to eschew a console entirely. This greatly appeals to casual audiences by providing a top-tier gaming experience without the need for expensive additional hardware beyond the smartphone that most people probably already have.
In addition to more complex games with jaw-dropping graphics, the other end of the development spectrum has also experienced a surge in popularity with casual social casino titles becoming a $3.4 billion industry in their own right. Licensed social casino titles have become a quick and easy way for developers to create game that can appeal to much wider audiences than just the hardcore sect.
Social gaming platform Gala Casino features a wide variety of titles based on everything from popular TV series to movies, comic books and any number of exotic themes. Additionally, they provide mobile versions of popular, more traditional games such as slots and roulette.
Licensed adaptations of popular franchises are a great way to bring in audiences looking for a fun take on their favourite characters and one mobile developer has even made a game based on The Princess Bride in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience. What once would have been considered an inconceivable proposition is now simple common sense as social gaming becomes one of the most lucrative aspects of the mobile gaming market.
With so much money involved, it’s no wonder that everyone is trying to get some of that mobile gaming money. With the industry only continuing to grow, it’s a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
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